File - A framed portrait of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan Al-Banna lies on a chair in a ransacked room at the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters, in Cairo in this December 8, 2012.(REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)
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With most Brotherhood leaders, including Egypt's deposed President Mohammad Morsi, now behind bars, the granddaughter of Brotherhood founder Hasan al-Banna is one of the movement's few influential figures still at large.Hefny also directed a play starring Brotherhood youth which had a simple and ambitious plot:Such initiatives may not be enough to restrain young people in the Brotherhood, which steadily earned popularity over the decades by providing social services to Egypt's poor but faced repression under one autocratic ruler after another.Apart from the crackdown by security forces, Brotherhood youth face many other challenges. The letter from Mahmoud Hussein was the highest level statement from a senior figure not jailed during the crackdown.Egyptian authorities have not provided evidence to back their accusations that the Brotherhood is involved in terrorism, but it is clear that younger members are losing patience with the movement's traditional pacifism. Though adamantly opposed to violent reprisals, Hefny said she believed men in the security forces who have abused detained women members of the Brotherhood should be publicly shamed.
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